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For about 2 minutes I was a subscriber to Food and Wine magazine.  It turns out the resident before me forgot to change her subscription and I received a sweet copy of the September issue in the mail.  I mean, I had to hand it over to the receptionist to forward on, but before I did I took it upstairs and looked it over.  Then I signed up for two trial issues because it was just that good.  FYI, I would have been a sure thing if the subscription wasn’t $19.99 a year.  I was hoping for $12.99, you know?  Anyway, I saw a wonderful watermelon, mint, and lime recipe that I’ll try to retype below.  I’ll also throw in the old faithful watermelon, feta, and mint salad recipe for kicks.  I can’t reiterate this enough, but in the summertime I am just all about simple, simple salads.  Easy enough for a boy (Hi David) to make himself.

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime

Editor’s note: “For a grown-up version, [Matt Neal] adds splashes of rum.”


  1. 8 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  2. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  3. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  4. 1/2 cup mint leaves, torn


  1. In large bowl, toss the watermelon with the lime juice and cayenne.  Fold in the mint leaves, season with salt and serve.

Source: Food and Wine September 2010

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint


    1. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    3. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    4. 1 teaspoon Tabasco
    5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    6. One 8-pound seedless watermelon, scooped into balls with a melon baller or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (10 cups), chilled
    7. 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled (2 cups)
    8. 1 1/4 cups pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped (optional)
    9. 1 small sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    10. 1 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves


    1. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, Tabasco and pepper. Add the watermelon, feta, olives and onion and toss gently. Garnish with the mint and serve.

Written by doorr

August 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes

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